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Unleash your inner rock hound at Highlands East's mineral collection sites!

Posted to Activities on Aug 15, 2018
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The Municipality of Highlands East is proud to be the first Municipality in Ontario to take steps to secure public mineral collecting sites to allow our residents and visitors an opportunity to get outside and appreciate nature in a new and exciting way.

Hobby Mineral Collecting is a fun outdoor recreational pursuit that people of all ages can enjoy, and it makes for a great family outing. Adults and kids alike will delight in the chance to dig for buried treasure, get hands-on with the unique geology that defines the Highlands region, and bring home some colourful gems of your very own!

Highlands East (Cardiff, Wilberforce, Tory Hill) is world famous for fine specimens of gem green apatite, deep purple fluorite, large crystals of collector minerals like mica, tremolite, zircon, titanite, feldspar, and several rare and unusual species like fluororichterite, and stillwellite.

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Beat the Heat

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Jul 13, 2018

With the hot weather this summer the Municipality of Highlands East wants to remind residents of the activities and locations throughout the Municipality that can help you stay cool:

  • There are many lakes with public access beaches and boat launches including North Bay Beach, Wilbermere Lake and Pine Lake. A map of Water Access Points can be viewed on our website. 
     
  • The pool in Cardiff is also open to the public for swimming Monday to Friday from 12:30PM to 3PM, 4PM to 6 PM and 7PM to 8 PM.  Saturday swimming is available from 11AM to 1:30PM and 2:30PM to 5PM.
     
  • Haliburton County Public Library branches in Wilberforce, Gooderham, Cardiff and Highland Grove all have air conditioning, free wifi and of course many books to keep you occupied while you stay cool. Visit haliburtonlibrary.ca for operating hours and other information.

Please remember to keep pets and small children indoors and do not leave them unattended inside of vehicles and abide by the county-wide fire ban that is in place.

The Highlands East website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, will be updated with any additional news, information and resources as they are made available.

Be Bear Wise

Posted to Activities, Downloads, News & Notices on Jun 4, 2018

The Ministry of Naturual Resources and Forestry's Bear Wise program strives to reduce human-bear conflict and has made available the information sheets available for download below. Please use these resources to protect yourselves and your property while also allowing Ontario's Black Bear's to enjoy their natural habitat.

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Swimming and Swim Lessons in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on May 25, 2018

Cardiff Pool

For swim lessons and recreational swimming contact 613-339-2442 for more information or download the the 2018 Swim Program Flyer and the 2018 Swim Lessons Flyer for more details.

Gooderham & Wilberforce Beach

The Pine Lake and Wilbermere beaches are open to the public.

Swim Lessons

The Municipality of Highlands East is offering Red Cross swimming lessons, Lifesaving Society lessons (Bronze levels) and Preschool lessons for Parents & Tots as follows:

Cardiff Pool, Swimming Lessons:
Session #1 July 2 – July 13 (Morning)
Session #2 July 16 – July 27 (Morning)
Session #3 July 30 – August 10 (Morning)

Wilbermere Beach, Wilberforce Swimming Lessons:
Session #1 July 2 – July 13 (Morning)
Session #2 July 16 – July 27 (Morning)
Session #3 July 16 – July 27 (Evening)

Pine Lake Beach, Gooderham Swimming Lessons:

Session #1 July 2 – July 13 (Afternoon)
Session #2 July 16 
– July 27 (Afternoon)

Please download the 2018 Swim Program Flyer and the 2018 Swim Lessons Flyer for more details and the applicable Swim Lessons Application below if you wish to enrol for lessons. Click here to learn more about the different levels of Red Cross Swimming Lessons or download the Swim Lesson Level Descriptions document below.

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Exercise your green thumb at one of Highlands East's Community Gardens

Posted to Activities on May 17, 2018

There are currently three Community Gardens in Highlands East. If you are interested in taking part please contact the organizers listed below.

Wilberforce Community Garden

Nation Wong: nation [at] nationwong [dot] com | 416-805-3585

Highland Grove Community Garden

Ken Mott: k_mott [at] hotmail [dot] com | 705-935-1956

Gooderham Community Garden

Barbara Kraus: b [dot] kraus [at] rogers [dot] com

Social Recreation Drop-In Program for Seniors at the Legion in Wilberforce

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Apr 4, 2018

HHHS Community Support Services are holding a Social Recreation Drop-In Program for seniors at the Wilberforce Legion on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 10AM to 2PM.

Drop-in to this free gathering where you can do coffee and colouring, tech-time, board and card games, pool, cribbage and more. Plus, you can make projects like robotics, programming your tech devices, hand sewing projects, card making, button making and more! Or, just enjoy a great time chatting with friends over a cup of coffee.

Enjoy Coffee and Colouring in Haliburton at the Library

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Jan 25, 2018

Haliburton Highlands Health Services presents Coffee & Colouring for adults at the Haliburton County Public Library, Dysart Branch in the Roberts Room from 10AM to 11AM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Adult Colouring is good for your health by;

  • Creating a meditative state for your brain resulting in relaxation
  • Stress & anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered
  • Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity
  • Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness
  • Unplugging from technology creates a healthier brain

For more information please contact Nancy Brownsberger at 705-457-2941 ext. 2922 or nbrownsberger [at] hhhs [dot] ca or visit the website at www.hhhs.ca

Get your Questions Answered at the Highlands East Visitor Information Centre mid-May through Thanksgiving

Posted to Activities, Administrative, Events, News & Notices, Services on Sep 6, 2017

The Highland East Vistor Information Centre is located at 2786 Essonville Line in Wilberforce (at the Curling Club) and is open daily, mid-May through Thanksgiving from 10:00AM through 4:00PM (closed Tuesdays) and offers mineral permission to collect forms and directions, geocaching information and GPS rentals, trails, events and other general area information.

Contact the Info Centre at 705-448-2981 Ext. 432 or email jvanier [at] highlandseast [dot] ca.

 

During the off-season please call Joanne Vanier, Community Economic Development & Committee Coordinator at 705-448-2981 Ext. 433 or Tracy Millar, Receptionist at 705-448-2981 Ext. 421 or by email at info [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

Hike, bike or ride the trails of Highlands East!

Posted to Activities on Mar 23, 2017

Whether your like to walk or run, ride a bike, a horse or an ATV, one of Highlands East's trails is sure to please.

Hiking in Highlands East

The Homesteader Trail Loop is named in recognition of the pioneers who tried to farm this corner of the Canadian Shield. Today, roads and trails named after those Homesteaders are all that is left of the area's farming past. Look for long abandoned overgrown farm fields and old stone fences.

Download the Homesteader Trail brochure.

The Prospector Trail Loop is a trail with a tale of prospectors and miners who came in the 1920's-1950's for molybdenite and flourite and discovered uraninite; the richest ore of radium. The route encompases long abandoned mine sites such as the Harcourt Graphite  mine, the Dwyer, Schickler, Tripp and Clark mines; long lost to the undergrowth. Take time to explore the rock cuts on the Old Burleigh Road and the I.B.&O. for black Tourmaline, blue Apatite and deep purple Flourite.

Download the Prospector Trail brochure.

Trail Maps

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Municipal Multi-Use Trail System Map

Photo Gallery

The Old Burleigh RoadThe Dillman Hill TrailA calm day on Grace RiverMcCue Lake on the HomesteaderThe Old 503 section of the HomesteaderWaterfall along the IB&O Rail TrailSnowshoeing to Sucker LakeA stream on the way to Sucker LakeCrossing a long on the Sucker Lake TrailA sunset paddle on Wilbermere LakeSunset on Wilbermere LakeAlong the portage from Monck Lake to Cup LakeRocky outcropping on the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageOn the water near the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageCampsite on the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageA loon stretches its wings on the shores of Dark Lake

Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour #1 in Canada!

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Aug 14, 2015
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The Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour is ranked Number One in Canada on the official geocaching.com website with 1929 favourite points (and counting!), having shot to the top of the list in just 3-months, overtaking other GeoTours that have been around for many years!

Just see what satisfied Geocachers are saying:

“Hahahaha! Not quite what I was expecting, but then...there is absolutely NO WAY we could predict what we would find at ANY of these caches! Not only did you think "outside the box"...you threw the whole box away and came up with some amazing caches!”

“NUMBER 100! Finished the GeoTour. I don’t know if I should be happy or sad. I’ve had such a great time doing the series I’m disappointed there are no more. I can’t say enough about the tour and the quality, variety or enjoyment value of the caches.”

“Know that these days have been the best since we started the hobby in 2004. This is truly what geocaching should be.”

“How absolutely fantastic is this!!!...Everyone should run, not walk, to this superb caching adventure.”

And now it is even easier to get 'caching with two newly created starter packages that include maps and cache info as well as a pre-loaded GPS coordinates for 10 Wilberforce Caches and another for the full tour. Visit www.geocachingcapitalofcanada.com for details.